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Cockney Cats

March 15, 2024
by the gentle author

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These are Cockney Cats by Warren Tute, with photographs by Felix Fonteyn from 1953, in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute

Micky is the centre of the Day family of Copley St in the parish of Stepney. The whole family pamper him and have a wonderful time

Bill on weekdays, William on Sundays, the cat at the Bricklayers Arms in Commercial Rd has a wonderful life since the Guv’nor Jim Meade was once a Dumb Animals’ Food Purveyor. At seventy-seven Jim looks back on a long and distinguished life in Stepney during his thirty-two years as Guv’nor.

Yeoman Warder Clark & Pickles on Tower Green

On duty at the Tower of London

The tail-less cat of the guardroom who came out to watch Pickles being photographed

Min, Port of London Authority cat has many friends among the dockers and very good ratting at night

Min of the magnificent whiskers has made her home in the office of K Warehouse in the Milwall Docks

Customs & Excise cat guards the Queen’s Warehouse and is paid a Treasury Allowance of sixpence a day

Mitzi has the run of her ship from the lifeboats to the Officers’ Mess

Old Bill the railway cat, his favourite position is the entrance to Blackfriars Station

Old Bill takes cover when necessary in the rush hour

Tibs the Great (1950-64), the official Post Office cat at Headquarters, does not normally live in this 1856 pillarbox

This cat’s curiosity unearthed a box of ancient stamps and seals, some dating back to Queen Anne

Minnie the Stock Exchange cat was a self-willed and determined kitten who adopted the dealing floor as her own preserve

Minnie enjoys the banter in the tea room

Tiger of The Times is the best office cat in Fleet St

Tiger of The Times is equally at ease whether in the Board Room …

… or doing his rounds in the Print Room

Sneaking back into Lloyds of London is difficult even for the resident cat

Cecil is the Front of House cat at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Cecil is very elusive in his many hiding places from which he has to be coaxed by the Royal Waiter before the performance can begin

When thirteen people sit down to dine at the Savoy and the thirteenth guest is Jimmy Edwards, almost anything can happen. The famous black cat is invited to occupy the fourteenth place so that everyone can enjoy the sparkling conversation.

Bill at the Tower of London (1935-47)

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Yisroael permalink
    March 15, 2024


  2. Greg T permalink
    March 15, 2024

    Before the last rebuild, Liverpool St station had an orange/ginger monster ….

  3. Mark permalink
    March 15, 2024

    Cats, domesticated Lions.
    Can’t beat em.
    Super pics.

  4. March 15, 2024

    Cats are incredible creatures, truly. I photographed my neighbor’s cat CHICO at the time, but still haven’t developed the film. My goodness.

    But in the meantime, I can now recommend this orange/ginger one:

    Love & Peace

  5. March 15, 2024

    Great cats!

  6. Bill permalink
    March 15, 2024

    Pickles looks like someone painted a target on her side. Watch out, Pickles! The guardroom cat looks put out that Pickles was a center of attention. Indignant cat!

    Indignant, anonymous CAT!

  7. Cherub permalink
    March 15, 2024

    I smiled at this. When I moved from London to Scotland in 2002 I brought my cat Susie. On our first visit to the vet he asked did she miaow with a cockney accent 😊

  8. March 18, 2024

    How appropriate for St Gertrude’s day! I think my own epitaph will read: ” Was rarely seen without a cat.” Just purrfect.

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